Releasing salary of 38 judicial officers by Aug 12: Govt

SRINAGAR: The state government on Wednesday said that it will comply with the directions of the high court to release Rs 4.5 crores for payment of salary to 38 judges and the staff in additional special mobile magistrate courts by August 12.
The statement was made by advocate general Jehangir Iqbal Ganie before a division bench of the high court headed by Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar during the hearing of suo-moto case regarding the non payment of the salary to the judicial officers and the staff.
The statement came a day after the court turned down the government’s plea that the issue has been taken with the finance department and a decision was awaited.
While warning the government that the court “will take its recourse”, the division bench had directed the government to make a clear stand on the issue.
Last Thursday, the court had directed government to release Rs 4.5 crores for payment of salary to 38 judges and the staff, observing that the state government cannot shirk its responsibility on the alleged plea of want of funds.
“It is well settled proposition of law, declared by the Supreme Court, that it is the responsibility of the person running the administration to find out the source to extend the guaranteed rights of the citizens,” the court had said while issuing notice to the government through Chief Secretary and Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for response as well as for the compliance of the directions.
The 38 additional special mobile magistrate courts were established under 13th Finance Commission in lieu of creating the morning and evening courts in the state for improving justice delivery system. The courts were created on noticing the climatic and topographical scenario of the state, the registry informed the court.
The high court had issued the directions, taking cognizance of its Registry’s report that Government of India has stopped funding under the scheme due to which from March this year, the Judicial Officers as well as the staff was not getting their salary.
The Registry said it had taken up the matter with the Secretary to Government, Department of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs on 6 June. In spite of the follow-up action to get the salary released, the Registry informed the court that funds were not sanctioned for paying the salary.